Saturday, September 14, 2013

"I was so excited to read a Henkes for the mid grade crowd, since I am his biggest fan of his picture books. I was not disappointed." ~Jocelyn

Award-winning, nationally bestselling author Kevin Henkes introduces second-grader Billy Miller in this fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. The Year of Billy Miller includes black-and-white art by Kevin Henkes and is perfect for fans of the Ramona books, Frindle, by Andrew Clements, and the Clementine series.

When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad. Newbery Honor author and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud-funny school and family story that features a diorama homework assignment, a school poetry slam, cancelled sleepovers, and epic sibling temper tantrums. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white art by the author, this is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.

Jocelyn says:
"I was so excited to read a new book by Kevin Henkes for the mid-grade crowd, since I am his biggest fan.  I was not disappointed.

Billy Miller is starting second grade with a bump on his head. As if that wasn't enough to worry about, he also is assigned a seat next to a smart-alecky know-it-all girl and is afraid he has inadvertently insulted his teacher on the very first day.

Is Billy too old to be calling his mother and father Mama and Papa? Will he be smart enough for the challenges of second grade? How do you get rid of excess glitter, anyway?

Not everything is perfect in Billy's world, but his family loves him and he loves them right back—most of the time. They all help each other solve problems, big and small.

The Year of Billy Miller is a gentle, reassuring  book perfect for kids eager for a good chapter book, whether to read themselves or to have read to them.

2 thumbs up!"

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